ASIMO Goes Cherry Blossom Viewing [GALLERY]
Sakura; Therefore Hanami
You might have heard: it’s springtime in Japan. The cherry blossoms are blooming, and that means the Japanese and anyone else lucky enough to be here are celebrating an intermittently occurring secular holiday that spans an entire month. Various gatherings, parties, festivals, and no-real-reason-neccesary events with groups from a just a few people to several thousand are currently being held across the entire nation.
For those who might not know, the cherry blossom is known as ‘Sakura.’ Every year, right about now, the sakura bloom and families, businesses, and friends gather underneath the trees for parties called ‘Hanami,’ which literally means flower (花 = hana) viewing (見 = mi). Basically, it’s picnics and BBQs and drinking in public parks all day long until well after the street lights come on. It’s really quite lovely.
As a general rule, sakura and therefore hanami timing varies depending on latitude; it started a few weeks ago in southern Japan, is probably just getting started up north in Hokkaido, and here in Tokyo - here in the middle - it's prime hanami time.
ASIMO and AkihabaraNews go Cherry Blossom Viewing
Earlier today, shamelessly flexing some severe robodorkitude, we caught up with ASIMO at a park in Tokyo’s Nakano ward. Though it was a rather overcast, pre-rainy day, we managed to pull off a few good shots - have a look, and let us know what you think; round 2, perhaps?